After firing Aberdeen Under-20s into the Scottish Youth Cup final, Bruce Anderson is dreaming of hitting the net at Hampden to help them lift the cup.
The striker hit a hat-trick in the 3-0 win against Kilmarnock in the semi-finals of the competition.
Tomorrow evening the young Dons take on Hibs at Hampden in the final as they look to become the first side from Pittodrie to win the Youth Cup since 2001.
After his treble at Rugby Park in the last round, Anderson is hoping to fire Aberdeen to glory.
The 19-year-old said: “As a striker scoring a hat-trick is the best thing in the world.
“The team performance was the main thing, we had a lot of strong performances in the semi.
“But scoring a hat-trick is what you want to do as a striker and I was delighted.
“The most important thing was getting through to the final and I would have sacrificed those three goals to get us through – but I was happy to score.
“As a striker I’m greedy and Paul Sheerin will tell you that – I want to score every game.
“If the chances come tomorrow I’ll back myself to put them away.”
This will be Anderson’s first time playing at Hampden, and while some may be daunted by the occasion, he is relishing it.
He added: “I’ve not played a game at Hampden so I’m looking forward to it. It’s what you dream of as a kid, playing at the National Stadium, so all of us are really looking forward to it – bring it on.
“Cup finals are what you want to play in as a youngster and hopefully that will stand us in good stead going forward and hopefully we can win the cup.”
The Dons are familiar with their cup final opponents having played Hibs last week in the Development League.
Paul Sheerin’s side were beaten 2-0 by the men for Leith, but the Edinburgh team did field four over-age players – something they won’t be able to do tomorrow.
Anderson insists there are positives the Reds can take from the game last Tuesday and believes the Dons have the quality to win this encounter.
He said: “For the first 45 minutes we were on top so we can take a lot of positives out of that.
“We’ve been really looking forward to this since because we were unfortunate to go down 2-0.
“They had four over-age players so maybe the experience of them came into things. We’re looking forward to it and we think we have a great chance of winning it.
“It will still be a tough game and they’ll have boys that can come in and do a good job. But we’re focusing on ourselves really. We know that if we bring our game we can beat anybody in the country.”
Plenty of Dons fans will be at Hampden tomorrow with six supporters buses heading south from the Granite City.
“We appreciate all the fans who are coming along,” Anderson said.
“It will be great for us if they are there and we want to try to put on a show for them.
“I didn’t know how many were going, but it’s great to hear a lot of them are going.
“Hopefully we can win the cup for them and show them what we can do.”